Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen

The Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen offers a state-of-the-art learning experience where chefs and other food and wellness educators make sustainability and mindfulness into a delicious and edifying experience.

Built in an exquisitely renovated, 100-year-old, two-story barn, the kitchen offers space for a chef to work with as many as eight different two-person teams at a time. Additionally, the space features closed-circuit TV, with two cameras capturing the lecture for an enhanced learning environment for 50 guests.

The Teaching Kitchen was built in consultation with the Culinary Institute of American and is intended for cooking classes geared toward using fresh-grown ingredients in such a way that promotes bodily health and mental well-being.  It is also a regular host of the University of Cincinnati Center for Integrative Health and Wellness to teach medical students and other health professionals valuable nutrition information, culinary skills and self-care practices.

For class information, booking and availability, contact Mary Joseph at mary@turnerfarm.org


Lunch and Learn: Connecting to Health through Mindful Eating
Tuesday, June 6th: 11am-1pm

Food reveals our connection with the earth. Each bite contains the life of the sun and the earth. We can see and taste the whole universe in a piece of bread. Contemplating our food for a few seconds before eating it, and eating mindfully can bring us happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh

The third installment of Turner Farm’s Lunch and Learn series will teach participants to appreciate the beautiful connection between healthy food and a calmed, tranquil mind.

Think about how often you eat in the car, at the computer, in front of the television, standing up, or rushing down the street to make a meeting on time. Eating quickly without awareness not only leads to excess calorie consumption, but also disrupts our digestion process

The antidote is mindful eating; an approach that moves beyond focusing on what one is eating to focusing on how one is eating. Mindful eating re-teaches individuals to eat consciously through simple actions such as sitting down to eat, savoring smells and textures of food, and chewing thoroughly.

In this class, mindfulness instructor Meriden Peters will present the fresh, crisp, organic ingredients for a salad and other healthful foods and have participants savor both the complexity of each taste and the joy in every moment. Meriden is a well-respected mental and public health professional who combines mind and body modalities to teach individuals and groups the techniques to optimize their well-being.

Topics include:

  • Evidence-based health benefits of mindful eating
  • Tapping into the mind/body connection
  • Awareness and gratitude
  • Practical and easily implemented mindful eating practices

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to savor and experience the taste of a fresh salad in a mindful way that will bring a sense of peace to your life.

Location: Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen and Studio Barn
Cost: $45

Muddlers and Mixers: Summer Cocktail Night at Turner Farm 
Friday, June 26:00-7:30 pm

Gentlemen, don your linen button down and ladies slip into a summer dress and head out to Turner Farm for a night of perfect summer libations. Turner Farm gardener and Cincinnati mixologist Joshua Jones will guide you through the step-by-step preparation of three sensational summer drinks using fresh farm ingredients.

You’ll learn to make:

Cucumber Mint Martini
A fun, light, and refreshing take on the old classic. Slightly sweet and straight from the garden, this is a cocktail you sip and enjoy on your patio as you watch the sun go down on a long summer evening.

Hickory Old Fashion
This isn’t Don Draper’s drink of choice, but rather a rustic take on the vintage Old Fashioned. With a sturdy mix of good whiskey and smoked flavor from the bark of Turner Farm’s very own hickory trees, this bold-tasting cocktail will surely keep the fire going.

Summertime Sangria
The traditional drink for those hard days at work in the berry fields. This gorgeously effervescent cocktail features crisp Pinot Grigio with a mix of berries and citrus. Sit back and relax. You deserve it!

This one-of-a-kind learning and entertainment event will also feature light appetizers for your enjoyment. Don’t miss out on these warm weather treats featuring fresh ingredients in Turner Farm’s new Teaching Kitchen and Studio Barn.

Cost: $45

For more information on teaching kitchens and the efforts of chefs and medical professionals to enhance personal and public health across medical, corporate, school and community settings, visit the website for the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative at http://www.tkcollaborative.org/